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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740620/use-and-cost-comparison-of-clobazam-to-other-antiepileptic-drugs-for-treatment-of-lennox-gastaut-syndrome
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Clément François, John M Stern, Augustina Ogbonnaya, Tasneem Lokhandwala, Pamela Landsman-Blumberg, Amy Duhig, Vivienne Shen, Robin Tan
Background: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a severe form of childhood-onset epilepsy associated with serious injuries due to frequent and severe seizures. Of the antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) approved for LGS, clobazam is a more recent market entrant, having been approved in October 2011. Recent AED budget impact and cost-effectiveness analyses for LGS suggest that adding clobazam to a health plan formulary may result in decreased medical costs; however, research on clinical and economic outcomes and treatment patterns with these AED treatments in LGS is limited...
2017: Journal of Market Access & Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739361/gender-affects-long-term-neurologic%C3%A2-outcome-of-neonates
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Amir Freud, Eyal Sheiner, Tamar Wainstock, Daniella Landau, Asnat Walfisch
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the possible association between fetal gender and long-term pediatric neurological morbidity. METHODS: We performed a population-based retrospective cohort analysis comparing the risk of long-term neurological morbidity (up to age 18 years) of children born during the years 1991 to 2013 according to their gender. Neurological morbidity evaluated included hospitalizations in childhood involving pervasive developmental disorder, obstructive sleep apnea, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and infantile spasms and disorders of eating as recorded in the hospital files...
April 24, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738275/early-childhood-myoclonic-epilepsy-an-independent-genetic-generalized-epilepsy-with-myoclonic-seizures-as-the-main-seizure-type
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Zhixian Yang, Jiao Xue, Hui Li, Ping Qian, Xiaoyan Liu, Yuwu Jiang, Yuehua Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To elucidate the characteristics of the myoclonic seizures alone, or predominant myoclonus combined with generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCS) and/or absences, in early childhood, and discuss its classification. METHODS: Forty-two children were retrospectively recruited between January 2006 and June 2015. RESULTS: The mean age of seizure onset was 40.5months. They were divided into 4 groups: myoclonic seizures alone; predominant myoclonus combined with GTCS; predominant myoclonus combined with absences; predominant myoclonus combined with both GTCS and absences...
July 6, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734769/influence-of-epileptic-activity-during-sleep-on-cognitive-performance-in-benign-childhood-epilepsy-with-centrotemporal-spikes
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Andreea Nissenkorn, Adi Pappo, Yael Feldmann, Gali Heimer, Omer Bar-Yosef, Michal Tzadok, Orli Polack, Ayelet Bord, Miriam Levav, Bruria Ben-Zeev
BACKGROUND: Benign childhood epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes is benign childhood epilepsy, presenting between 4 and 10 years of age, characterized by typical clinical and EEG findings. Despite excellent prognosis, there are reports of mild cognitive, language, fine motor and behavioral difficulties. In its atypical form - electrical status epilepticus during slow wave sleep, continuous epileptiform activity during sleep lead to severe neurocognitive deterioration. Our objective was to investigate the influence of abundant sleep epileptiform activity, not fulfilling the criteria for electrical status epilepticus during Slow Wave Sleep, discovered randomly in children without overt intellectual impairment...
July 11, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734692/respiratory-arrest-at-the-onset-of-idiopathic-childhood-occipital-epilepsy-of-gastaut
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Keiko Funata, Tatsuhiko Shike, Toshiki Takenouchi, Yukio Yamashita, Takao Takahashi
Occipital lobe epilepsy of childhood includes two entities: Panayiotopoulos syndrome in pre-school children, and idiopathic childhood occipital epilepsy of Gastaut (ICOEG) in school-age children. The typical initial manifestation of the former is vomiting, and that of the latter is visual hallucinations. Ictal cardiopulmonary arrest at initial presentation has been reported for Panayiotopoulos syndrome, but not for ICOEG. We document a 7-year-old previously healthy girl who experienced an acute elemental visual hallucination of seeing insects, followed by a new-onset generalized seizure...
July 19, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734197/life-impact-of-caregiving-for-severe-childhood-epilepsy-results-of-expert-panels-and-caregiver-focus-groups
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Mark P Jensen, Kendra S Liljenquist, Fraser Bocell, Arnold R Gammaitoni, Carey R Aron, Bradley S Galer, Dagmar Amtmann
Severe epilepsy in children and young adults can significantly affect the lives of their caregivers. However, the lack of a reliable and valid measure of caregiver impact has limited our understanding of the scope and correlates of this impact, as well as our ability to measure the effects of treatments that could lessen it. The purpose of this study was to facilitate focus groups and interviews with an international group of clinician experts and caregivers to identify the most important domains that should be assessed in a measure of caregiver impact...
July 19, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725554/successful-surgical-management-of-new-onset-refractory-status-epilepticus-norse-presenting-with-gelastic-seizures-in-a-3%C3%A2-year-old-girl
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Ahmad Marashly, Sean Lew, Jennifer Koop
Gelastic seizures (GS) are typically associated with hypothalamic hamartomas and present during childhood. However it is now known that GS can be found in focal epilepsies arising from other regions in the brain, including mesial and neocortical frontal, temporal and parietal regions. GS have rarely been described as the presenting manifestation of New Onset Refractory Status Epilepticus (NORSE). In this article we describe a previously healthy 3-year-old who presented with an explosive onset of GS that were refractory to multiple anti-seizure medications...
2017: Epilepsy & Behavior Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724747/interleukin-1-receptor-in-seizure-susceptibility-after-traumatic-injury-to-the-pediatric-brain
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Bridgette D Semple, Terence J O'Brien, Kayleen Gimlin, David K Wright, Shi Eun Kim, Pablo M Casillas-Espinosa, Kyria M Webster, Steven Petrou, Linda J Noble-Haeusslein
Epilepsy after pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI) is associated with poor quality of life. This study aimed to characterize post-traumatic epilepsy in a mouse model of pediatric brain injury, and to evaluate the role of interleukin-1 (IL-1) signaling as a target for pharmacological intervention. Male mice received a controlled cortical impact or sham surgery at postnatal day 21, approximating a toddler-aged child. Mice were treated acutely with an IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra; 100 mg/kg s.c.) or vehicle...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724582/pretreatment-seizure-semiology-in-childhood-absence-epilepsy
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Sudha Kilaru Kessler, Shlomo Shinnar, Avital Cnaan, Dennis Dlugos, Joan Conry, Deborah G Hirtz, Fengming Hu, Chunyan Liu, Eli M Mizrahi, Solomon L Moshé, Peggy Clark, Tracy A Glauser
OBJECTIVE: To determine seizure semiology in children with newly diagnosed childhood absence epilepsy and to evaluate associations with short-term treatment outcomes. METHODS: For participants enrolled in a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, comparative-effectiveness trial, semiologic features of pretreatment seizures were analyzed as predictors of treatment outcome at the week 16 to 20 visit. RESULTS: Video of 1,932 electrographic absence seizures from 416 participants was evaluated...
July 19, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709121/spatiotemporal-propagation-patterns-of-generalized-ictal-spikes-in-childhood-absence-epilepsy
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Vasileios Kokkinos, Andreas M Koupparis, Michalis Koutroumanidis, George K Kostopoulos
OBJECTIVE: This work investigates the spatial distribution in time of generalized ictal spikes in the typical absences of childhood absence epilepsy (CAE). METHODS: We studied twelve children with CAE, who had more than two typical absences during their routine video-EEG. Seizures were identified, and ictal spikes were marked over the maximum electronegative peak, clustered, waveform-averaged and spatiotemporaly analyzed in 2D electrode space. RESULTS: Consistency of spatiotemporal patterns of ictal spikes was high between the absences of the same child, but low between children...
June 17, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702868/safety-and-tolerability-of-the-ketogenic-diet-used-for-the-treatment-of-refractory-childhood-epilepsy-a-systematic-review-of-published-prospective-studies
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REVIEW
Qian-Yun Cai, Zhong-Jie Zhou, Rong Luo, Jing Gan, Shi-Ping Li, De-Zhi Mu, Chao-Min Wan
BACKGROUND: To review the available evidence from prospective studies on the safety and tolerability of the ketogenic diet (KD) for the treatment of refractory childhood epilepsy. METHODS: A comprehensive bibliographic search was performed with the aim of retrieving prospective studies that monitored adverse effects (AEs) in children after receiving the classic or medium-chain triglyceride KD therapy for refractory epilepsy. RESULTS: A total of 45 studies were retrieved, including 7 randomized controlled trials...
July 12, 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690234/-pcdh19-gene-mutations-lead-to-epilepsy-with-mental-retardation-limited-to-females-in-2-cases-and-literature-review
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Li Yang, Ahmed Arafat, Jing Peng, Chen Chen, Yuping Ma, Fei Yin
Epilepsy with mental retardation limited to females (EFMR) is a syndrome characterized by early onset heat-sensitive epilepsy of infancy or early childhood and generally limited to females, which previously reported that the cadherin gene superfamily subtype protocadherin 19 (PCDH19) gene is its pathogenic gene. We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data for 2 cases of EFMR patients with PCDH19 mutation diagnosed by Department of Pediatric Neurology of Xiangya Hospital, Central South University in 2015. Literature on PubMed, OMIM and HGMD relevant to this syndrome was reviewed, and the clinical characteristics were summarized accordingly...
June 28, 2017: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689466/early-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-lennox-gastaut-syndrome
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Trevor Resnick, Raj D Sheth
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a severe form of childhood-onset epilepsy associated with high morbidity and mortality. The peak period for manifestations of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome is between ages 3 and 5 years, a time of critical brain development and corresponding vulnerability to the electroclinical dysfunction arising from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Diagnosis is based on a triad of symptoms: multiple seizure types, cognitive impairment, and slow spike-and-wave pattern on electroencephalography. In practice, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome presentation is diverse, and there may be a delay between initial symptoms and emergence of the full triad of clinical features...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686619/rare-variants-of-small-effect-size-in-neuronal-excitability-genes-influence-clinical-outcome-in-japanese-cases-of-scn1a-truncation-positive-dravet-syndrome
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Michael F Hammer, Atsushi Ishii, Laurel Johnstone, Alexander Tchourbanov, Branden Lau, Ryan Sprissler, Brian Hallmark, Miao Zhang, Jin Zhou, Joseph Watkins, Shinichi Hirose
Dravet syndrome (DS) is a rare, devastating form of childhood epilepsy that is often associated with mutations in the voltage-gated sodium channel gene, SCN1A. There is considerable variability in expressivity within families, as well as among individuals carrying the same primary mutation, suggesting that clinical outcome is modulated by variants at other genes. To identify modifier gene variants that contribute to clinical outcome, we sequenced the exomes of 22 individuals at both ends of a phenotype distribution (i...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676250/trends-in-antiepileptic-drug-use-in-children-and-adolescents-with-epilepsy
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Xinyue Liu, Paul R Carney, Regina Bussing, Richard Segal, Linda B Cottler, Almut G Winterstein
OBJECTIVE: We describe the trends in antiepileptic drug (AED) use in children and adolescents with epilepsy in the United States. METHODS: We undertook a cross-sectional study based on Medicaid Analytic eXtract data set from 26 US states. Children and adolescents aged three to 18 years with at least one year continuous Medicaid fee-for-service coverage after the second outpatient or the first inpatient diagnosis of epilepsy in each calendar year during 1999 to 2009 were included in the study; therefore, 11 cohorts were established...
May 29, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673533/successful-corpus-callosotomy-for-doose-syndrome
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Sotaro Kanai, Tohru Okanishi, Mitsuyo Nishimura, Kentaro Iijima, Takuya Yokota, Tomohiro Yamazoe, Ayataka Fujimoto, Hideo Enoki, Takamichi Yamamoto
Doose syndrome (epilepsy with myoclonic-atonic seizures) is an epilepsy syndrome with an incidence of approximately 1-2% of childhood-onset epilepsies. Although this syndrome is associated with multiple types of generalized seizures, the diagnosis is based on the presence of myoclonic-atonic seizures. Eighteen percent of patients have refractory seizures and intellectual disabilities. There have, however, been a few reports on the efficacy of surgical treatment for Doose syndrome. We describe a case of Doose syndrome in a 10-year-old boy...
June 30, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666193/efficacy-of-adjunctive-vagus-nerve-stimulation-in-patients-with-dravet-syndrome-a-meta-analysis-of-68-patients
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REVIEW
Maxine Dibué-Adjei, Igor Fischer, Hans-Jakob Steiger, Marcel Alexander Kamp
RATIONALE: Dravet Syndrome (DS) is a severe epileptic encephalopathy of childhood involving intractable seizures, recurrent status epilepticus and cognitive decline. Because DS is a rare disease, available data is limited and evidence-based treatment guidelines are lacking. Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is an established neurostimulation treatment for intractable epilepsy, however little evidence is published on its efficacy in patients with DS. METHODS: We performed a meta-analysis of all peer-reviewed English language studies reporting seizure outcomes of patients with DS treated with adjunctive vagus nerve stimulation...
June 17, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658653/perceived-need-for-restrictions-on-activity-for-children-with-epilepsy
#18
Paula M Brna, Kevin E Gordon, Elaine Woolridge, Joseph M Dooley, Ellen Wood
BACKGROUND: Children and youth with epilepsy have long been subjected to excessive restrictions on extracurricular activities due to concerns over risk of injury. Over time physicians and medical regulatory associations have liberalized the advice given for people with epilepsy to promote independence, self-esteem and general health benefits of physical activity. Current evidence suggests that few restrictions are needed for children with epilepsy beyond water-related precautions and avoidance of very high-risk activities...
June 25, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658605/sociability-impairments-in-genetic-absence-epilepsy-rats-from-strasbourg-reversal-by-the-t-type-calcium-channel-antagonist-z944
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Mark T Henbid, Wendie N Marks, Madeline J Collins, Stuart M Cain, Terrance P Snutch, John G Howland
Childhood absence epilepsy (CAE) is associated with interictal co-morbid symptoms including abnormalities in social behaviour. Genetic Absence Epilepsy Rats from Strasbourg (GAERS) is a model of CAE that exhibits physiological and behavioural alterations characteristic of the human disorder. However, it is unknown if GAERS display the social deficits often observed in CAE. Sociability in rodents is thought to be mediated by neural circuits densely populated with T-type calcium channels and GAERS contain a missense mutation in the Cav3...
June 26, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651125/online-patient-information-on-vagus-nerve-stimulation-how-reliable-is-it-for-facilitating-shared-decision-making
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Ronak Ved, Naomi Cobbold, Kueni Igbagiri, Mark Willis, Paul Leach, Malik Zaben
PURPOSE: This study evaluates the quality of information available on the internet for carers of children with epilepsy considering treatment with Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS). METHODS: Selected key phrases were entered into two popular search engines (Google™, Yahoo™). These phrases were: "Vagus nerve stimulator", alone and in combination with "childhood epilepsy", "paediatric epilepsy" and "epilepsy in childhood"; "VNS", and "VNS epilepsy". The first 50 hits per search were then screened...
June 15, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
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